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Forget RVing, There's A New Kid In Town

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On: Thu, May 12, 2011 at 4:22PM | By: Chris Salamone


Forget RVing, There's A New Kid In Town

Looking back on days of old, the VW camper van was and remains an iconic standard for motorized wanderlust glory. Aside from tempting looks, the VW van also boasted a reasonable purchase price, comparatively decent gas mileage, and easy-to-operate gadgetry. But 40 years later those selling features just don’t hold a candle to modern amenities or make financial sense when buyers consider the cost of owning an unreliable antique. There are many conversion van kits on the market, yet one alone stands out as a strong competitor to the VW vans of yesterday: Kevin Hornby Designs Transit Connect Conversion.

This Transit Connect camper is both reasonably priced and loaded with amenities. Buyers can choose between two main options for camper conversions (The Works or Traveler), or alternatively they can itemize their conversion package individually. Both packages include genuine plywood cabinets, a marine-grade canvas foam mattress, rattle dampening, mesh doors, a portable toilet or refrigerator area, 2-burner stove or grill, a stainless steel sink, water hookups (with pressurized system), 110v electrical panel and battery charger, fire extinguishers, and many more optional add-ons. The bad news is that base model conversion costs start at $8,250 for Traveler or $8,400 for The Works.

At first glance $8,400 seems like an insane amount of money to spend on camping. However, comparatively, when you consider the total cost for the vehicle plus conversion (somewhere around $30,000) relative to an equivalently equipped RV, the camper Transit seems like a steal. Looking at an even closer comparison, such as GM and Ford Conversion vans which list between $50,000 and $80,000, the Transit Connect looks even more attractive.

And, unlike those competitors, a standard Ford Transit Connect fits into normal parking spaces, can easily be used as a daily driver, has a tight turning radius, and achieves 22 to 25 miles per gallon. If you’re looking for a practical way to hit the road, then buying a camper package from Kevin Hornby Designs is a great option. The only hard part about the whole conversion process will be deciding how many friends or family members you want to take along. The Works can seat 4 or 5, while Traveler sacrifices the rear seats for a heavenly inside bed and thus can only seat 2.


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susanna | 8:42PM (Sun, Aug 6, 2017)

WOULD LIKE TO ENLIST YOUR SERVICE. DO YOU WORK WITH nISSAN nv200 IT IS A LOT LIKE FORD TRANSIT CONNECT. VERY IMPRESSIVE. THANK YOU



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